Exciting news…and the final farewell!

Exciting news! I have a new website to house all the weird and wonderful creative things that I want to do going forward. And I would love to share it with you.

As you know things have been evolving since I closed my business a couple of years ago now. The focus was to be more on design and less on production, and it certainly took a little while to figure out exactly what I wanted to offer the world. And then, just when things were picking up, Covid arrived, and everything changed all over again. And while I have never been so relieved not to have a physical retail store, or team of staff to look after, I lost quite a few amazing design opportunities which was hard. But in losing those projects, and with a strict lockdown in place, I had the luxury of time and the incredible opportunity to pursue my passion of painting, which I hadn’t done since my school days. It took a nation of starving people to force me out of my comfort zone, to offer paintings to the public in exchange for donations to charity, but 30+ paintings later, I can honestly say it has been the most incredible experience, and I only want to do more.

So now that I am half designer and half artist, I have finally created a portfolio of work to showcase what I can and want to do more of going forward. These are the things I am super passionate about, and would love to collaborate on.

Prints and patterns – I love nothing more than making pretty things. The power of a striking image or pattern is completely limitless and can often totally transform a brand. Design is my passion and whether you have a product or business in mind, I would love to help. See my surface pattern & product design portfolio here

Products (Handmade By Me) – I will still be offering fabric and wallpaper printing on demand, as well as a limited range of trays, placemats and hotel slippers, but only on a wholesale basis. Some Handmade By Me designs will be available, but I would love to create you your own unique range. Please enquire for more information.

Branding – Graphic Design was always my OG, but branding is something I get a little more excited about. Whether it’s a logo, illustration or social content, I can help you create or roll out out a look or campaign. See my graphic design & illustration portfolio here.

You can also view all my paintings and various ceramics from over the years, including the full range of #coronacommissionspostcardseries, and if you are interested in buying any of my paintings, I have created a list of available work here. Commissions are welcome.

While I am very excited about the future, this sadly means the final farewell for Handmade By Me, and I hope that you will continue to follow my creative journey over at www.seraholland.co.za. I am going to totally assume that you would like to be kept up-to-date with news as I go : ) so I am going to add you to my new newsletter. Please feel free to unsubscribe. 

Its been 10 years since I started the Handmade By Me blog and it has given me so much joy! From starting off with soup recipes (you should check them out, they’re actually really good) and learning how to sew, to becoming a fully operational business, thank you to every single person here for being a part of my crazy journey!

I hope to see you on the other side!

Sera

A jolly good start to the year…

It’s not even the end of the January yet but so far this year is on fire. And I don’t mean on fire like the 40 degree heat we have been experiencing in Cape Town (when will it end??) or the endless actual fires that have been devouring our countryside. What I do mean, is that Handmade By Me is having a very exciting start to the year!

I have been waiting to publish this post for a week now as we have some VERY exciting news, but it seems we may have to wait another day or two until it has been finalised, so I am so sorry to hold you in suspense…but watch this space!!

In the mean time, we would love to share with you some serious media love we have been lucky enough to have over the past couple of weeks.

In the online sphere, Plascon Spaces invited us for an online Q and A on colour and inspiration. You can read all about it here.

And Oh How Fiancé – wedding and lifestyle blog – wanted to find out more about the designer behind the business. You can read their interview with me here.

SA Garden & Home magazine featured our new African Aloes and Prickly Pears designs in their latest issue below.

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And Lééf met hart & siel magazine featured our Victoriana placemats which are perfect for dinner parties of all kinds. See our dinner table setting inspiration using our Birds of Paradise placemats below.

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This was last night’s dinner’s table setting below – featuring hues of red, orange and purple – using our Orange Squares Pattern table runner and our new Birds of Paradise placemats. Both available to order from our online shop.

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Send us your Handmade By Me table setting inspiration or colour way and we’ll share it on our social media feeds.

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

 

WIN the scarf of your choice with the Green Elephant Collective…

Our lovely stockist the Green Elephant Collective is having a competition where you can win the Handmade By Me scarf of your choice! Its so easy all you have to do is pop over to their website, tell us which of the below is your favourite, and you can win it! Our new scarves are super soft and can be worn as a scarf in Winter and as a sarong in Summer. We LOVE dual purpose products : ) Winner will be announced on 31 August. Good luck to you all!

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Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

Now available from…Zola (New York)

I am super delighted to let you all know that Handmade By Me is now being stocked by Zola, a beautiful, modern and very unique wedding registry website, based in New York!!! There’s a lot more to Zola than just beautiful gifting ideas, you can buy experiences, and dining, or create a honeymoon or even a wedding fund! This is exactly what we were looking for when we started planning our wedding, and I could kick myself for not having discovered it sooner!!
Here is a little more about what it is that they offer below; or to really see what it’s all about, have a look at their website www.zola.com (warning: it will make you want to get married all over again).
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“We are called Zola and we are creating a wedding registry that aims to meet the needs of modern couples. Our goal is to offer products and experiences that couples can get excited about and also better reflect their lives and styles. Today’s engaged couples are passionate about many things – adventurous experiences, decorating their homes, food and wine, world travel, outdoor activities, and more.
Zola is the only site that allows couples to register online for products, experiences, services, cash funds, and anything else from any store. We take care of all transactions on our site, which means your loved ones won’t find themselves bounced to outside sites, and you won’t receive duplicates of third-party items. Say goodbye to those extra gravy boats.
You can customize your registry to make it you – upload your own photos and give show your personality through your registry.”

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Introducing the new handmade by me website and official online shop.

With lots of thanks to my wonderful fiancé, the new handmade by me website www.handmadebyme.co.za is officially live! I am really excited about this!! You can now find all the information you need, and access both my blog and official online shop. I also have a new bespoke section where you can see all the custom projects and designs that I have worked on previously. Please have a look and see what you think. Any feedback, thoughts and comments are most welcome, good or bad.

I really hope you love it as much as I do : )

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Please note that with regard to my blog nothing has changed and you can still reach it directly at http://www.handmadebymeblog.com, and if you are signed up to email updates you will continue to receive them as normal.

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And some of you may have noticed that I have a new offical online shop…well its true and its good to go! I have all my products listed there and you can now purchase all my fabrics my the yard! I also have lots of product photos so if you’re trying to decide which design to choose or what product to buy its a good place to start!

http://shop.handmadebyme.co.za

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